The Impact Of The Lost Generation

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World War I was one of the most deathful wars in the history of the world. From diseases to war deaths many people faced hard times coping with the impact of the war. The death toll of the WWI was 2 million people, which is a large amount of people dying for one cause, which is pointless at some point. The war ends after the Treaty of Versailles in 1919 but with a big impact in the US. The impact led to a generation who had a lacking purpose or drive resulting from the horrible things they experienced in the war. The death toll made a big impact in the person’s lives, many stopped believing in values like courage, patriotism, and masculinity. Some became aimless, reckless, and other focused on material wealth, unable to believe in values.
For this reason the 1920s, writers were left with many aspects of writing. Writers didn’t use the old rules of writing because they thought that they were no longer useful. They criticized many things including: countries and their loss of hope, people’s direction in life and many other things. This was known as the “Lost Generation”. The name surges by a comment made by Gertrude Stein to Ernest Hemingway, “You are all a lost generation.” Hemingway used it as an epigraph to The Sun Also
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